SOURCES OF ADVICE
Only solicitors and organisations which are accredited with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) can legally give immigration advice.
Migrant Centre NI
The Migrant Centre NI’s (MCNI) overall aim is to tackle racism and eliminate barriers against new and settled migrant communities in Northern Ireland.
MCNI employs two bilingual support workers who provide advice and advocacy in relation to financial health and wellbeing, and supporting victims of racist hate crimes and incidents. If you need help or support email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registered Office: Unit 3, CIDO Business Complex, Charles Street, Lurgan BT66 6HG.
Northwest Office: The Old Church Clarendon Street Derry BT48 7ES (UNISON Offices).
For assistance in the greater Belfast area and south of NI, telephone: 07827299347
For assistance in the North West, telephone: 07827297119
South Tyrone Empowerment Project (S.T.E.P.)
S.T.E.P’s Law and Migrant Rights Centre provides a free professional legal advice and information in the areas of immigration, employment, social security, housing and education.
Appointments are necessary to attend the Law and Migrant Rights Centre. Free language support is available. To make an appointment at the centre, contact reception on 028 87752011
South Tyrone Empowerment Programme
12 Beechvalley Way
Dungannon, Co Tyrone
Tel: 028 8775 0211
For further information, visit: http://www.stepni.org/migrant-project-overview.asp
Other Sources Of Advice
Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner
The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) is a statutory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Home Office. It regulates immigration advisers in the UK, ensuring they meet its standards, are fit and competent and act in the best interest of their clients. OISC maintains a register of regulated immigration advisers. To find an adviser in your area, visit:
http://home.oisc.gov.uk/adviser_finder/finder.aspx. Check if the adviser charges a fee.
Law Society of Northern Ireland
The Law Society of Northern Ireland has a directory of solicitors. To find a solicitor offering immigration advice in your area, go to https://www.lawsoc-ni.org/solicitors.
Choose ‘immigration’ in the ‘select a category box’ and your town in the ‘select a location box. Check with the solicitor what fee they will charge you.
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) is a professional association the majority of whose members are barristers, solicitors and advocates practising in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law. Based in London, ILPA does NOT give immigration advice on individual cases.
It has a directory of Northern Ireland members. You can search the names of ILPA members who have chosen to be listed and get in touch with them. Visit http://www.ilpa.org.uk/pages/find-immigration-advice.html to find an ILPA member in Northern Ireland. [NOTE that although the Law Centre NI is listed here, since April 2015 it only provides immigration advice to child victims of trafficking, see below.]
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